Dalmost five years old and several bitter drinks, finally the time came for Pep Guardiola and Manchester City. The English set beat PSG 2-0 (4-1 overall) at the Etihad Stadium with two goals from Riyad Mahrez and became the first finalist in the Champions League.
City ceded possession to PSG, something rare in Guardiola’s teams, which now played on the backlash and at minute 7 the play was made that could change the course of the tie. The referee marked a hand inside the area in favor of the Parisian team, but when checking in the VAR, it was clear that the ball had hit the back of Oleksandr Zinchenko’s shoulder.
Riyad Mahrez celebrates City’s first goal
Just 3 minutes later, the citizens directed the meeting. Ederson sent a flawless pass to Oleksandr Zinchenko, who delayed for Kevin De Bruyne and took a shot that was deflected, but The ball was left to Riyad Mahrez inside the area and he defined a cross to make it 1-0.
For the second half, PSG was urged for Neymar to influence the match, since they could not count on Kylian Mbapp due to injury, but the Brazilian never appeared.
At minute 63, Phil Foden commanded a deadly counterattack that ended with Riyad Mahrez pushing the ball to make it 2-0. In frustration, the blows began to arrive until Ángel Di Mara was kicked off Fernandinho when the ball was out of bounds.
Riyad Mahrez celebrates his double
The minutes went by and Manchester City completely control the match. At no time did it get out of hand and I got the ticket to the first final of its history, besides, that Pep Guardiola return to a Champions League final after 11 years.
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